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Benue judiciary arranges special court sessions

The Benue Judiciary has made provision for special court sessions where suspects can be arraigned so as to decongest police cells in the state, according to the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Philip Ierkwagh.

Ierkwagh told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Makurdi that the arrangement was sequel to complaints that police cells in the state were congested.

The congestion was attributed to the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria in the state.

He said it would be unjust to detain a suspect for a long period without arraignment since a suspect was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Ierkwagh urged police prosecutors to approach the special court and arraign the suspects in their custody as soon as possible.

The commissioner reaffirmed government’s commitment to the efforts being made to end the JUSUN strike in the state, adding that discussions and negotiations between top government functionaries and judicial officials were ongoing.

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